If the contribution of MPA is essential to ecosystems' conservation, they are not however the only solution to the challenges faced by the oceans according to Magnus Johnson. In his article, the english senior lecturer of marine biology environment questions the AMP public action effectiveness and denounces the privatization of some MPAs to serve the interests of oil or aquaculture companies at the expense of local fishermen.
A record three million visitors came to New Zealand in the past year and spent nearly $9 billion. The booming tourism industry, that is directly responsible for 94,100 jobs within the industry and supports a further 72,700, continues to excel.
Two years after the announcement of the banks developement work of Taharuu in Papara and while Unit 1 of the work is already done, residents' associations are mobilizing to save the river from massive extractions (350 000 m3 over 5 years). According to the collective, this project at 1.8 billion CFP which should last 6 years, threatens the entire ecosystem, from the river to the beach and may change a mythical surf spot.
U.S. scientists have called for international cooperation to preserve the ecosystems of the deep seabed, whose mineral wealth and fisheries are coveted by manufacturers.
Taiwan Forestry Office announced the creation of a sanctuary to protect the white dolphin of China, an endangered humpback dolphin species. Set up by the end of June, the sanctuary will cover 76,300 hectares along the west coast of the island.
Second tourist destination in the world for manta, Indonesia has created the largest sanctuary in the world to protect this fascinating sea creature is as popular amongst divers for their grace than amongst Chinese for their gills.
Located in Corsica, MYRTE experimental platform has set up the Greenergy Box, a new storage system and energy management developed by Areva. Operating on a coupling of solar panels with a system of hydrogen storage and fuel cell, this installation aims to solve the problems of intermittent solar energy.
With his steel trunk of 8 meters high and its branches from 80 to 100 plastic sheets that serve as mini wind turbines, "l'Arbre à Vent" revolutionizes the traditional image of wind turbines. Aesthetic and silent, this technological innovation offers a new reliable source of energy on a human scale which should promote energy independence of consumers.
Researchers at University of California Berkeley have developed a carpet that will convert waves into usable energy. The team is looking for funding to develop the first pilot plant into the ocean and convince its benefits.